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Last Updated: Friday, 22 July, 2005, 08:32 GMT 09:32 UK
Wanted: UK diplomat for Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI
The new ambassador will deal with Pope Benedict's Vatican
The job of UK ambassador to the Vatican is being advertised in a newspaper in a break with diplomatic convention.

It is the first time an ambassadorial post has been put out to open competition in an advert.

The job comes with a basic salary of between 42,640 and 60,405 - as well as a fully furnished residence and a 6,000 a year entertainment budget.

A Foreign Office spokesman said career diplomats could apply for the job but it could go to somebody outside.

The present ambassador, Kathryn Colvin, leaves the post in September after completing three years in the Holy See.

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